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embracing guilt

embracing guilt

Guilt is a hard emotion to feel. Most of us will do anything to avoid it. People pleasing, perfectionism, and self-criticism are just some of the ways we try to protect ourselves from having to feel guilty about things. But guilt means we are taking care of our own...

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Self-love and self-compassion

Self-love and self-compassion

Self-compassion is the ability to be kind to ourselves. And it is a crucially important part of healing from mindbody symptoms.  Self-compassion meditations were one of the ways that I helped to develop this sense of kindness and compassion towards myself. If I had to...

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Pain is Created by the Brain

Pain is Created by the Brain

All pain is real! But all pain is also an output of the brain. The brain filters all incoming information and decides how to respond to it.Pain occurs when the brain believes we need to protect our body tissues, but the brain isn’t always right. Sometimes the incoming...

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Are you addicted to being busy?

Are you addicted to being busy?

Are you addicted to being busy? Do you find it hard to relax? Hyperfocus on being productive, filling our time with doing 'useful' things, and not allowing ourselves time to rest and play are ways that we abandon ourselves. This addiction to "busyness" can be a trauma...

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How Do Personality Traits Contribute to Chronic Pain?

How Do Personality Traits Contribute to Chronic Pain?

People pleasing. Constantly wanting to please people usually means you have poor boundaries and put other people's needs before your own. This can generate a lot of unconscious anger and resentment. Perfectionism. Achieving perfection is impossible, so you're setting...

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Belief is a process. Let it grow!

Belief is a process. Let it grow!

Those of us trying to heal from chronic pain tend to get very hung up on belief. We are often told that belief is essential, and that we won't heal if we don't believe 100%. I believe that developing your belief is part of the process of healing, and it doesn't matter...

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